Week of March 29, 2024

 


U12/U16 Fischer Junior Indoor

Nationals Underway!

The 2024 U12 and U16 Fischer Junior Indoor Nationals kicked off earlier this week in Calgary and Montreal respectively, with the finals to be played over the Easter Weekend. Ontario is well represented with 22 athletes in the U12 category (pictured above with coaches Dean Coburn and Tom Blazejewski), and 23 athletes playing in the U16’s (pictured below with coach Miran Cehajic).

The U18’s will follow in Toronto, beginning March 30, with the U14’s kicking things off April 1 in Vancouver.

For U12 draws and results, click here.
For U16 draws and results, click here.
For U14 tournament info, click here.
For U18 tournament info, click here.

Go Team Ontario!!!


ITF Masters Individual World

Championships Results

After a successful ITF World Masters Team Championships, team Canada continued its winning ways in the Individual Championships (O65-O90) last week in Turkey!

Canada picked up a Gold Medal in the Over 75 Doubles category, with (left to right above) Tim Griffin and Chris Burr (both Ontario), defeating Mike Beautyman (USA) and Bernd Martin (Germany) 6-4, 6-2. In Men’s Over 85 doubles play, Horst Dammholz (BC) and Raynold D’Aoust (Quebec) lost 6-1, 6-2 to Giovanna Argentini (Italy) and Rolf Westman (Sweden) in the final.

Griffin, who played a total of 17 matches in less than two weeks in the Team and Individual Championships, lost a close three set match in the Men’s Over 75 Singles final, going down in defeat to Jairo Velasco Rameriz (Spain) 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.

Congratulations to all the Canadian players who played in the Team and Individual Championships in Turkey the past two weeks!

For complete World Individual Championships results, click here.


Third Annual UTR/WTN Junior

Mixed Team Championships

A Junior DOUBLES UTR / WTN ranked event is coming to Sobeys Stadium on SATURDAY MAY 4! The Intercounty Tennis Association, Ontario Tennis Association and Tennis Canada have teamed up to present the third annual ICTA Junior Mixed Team Championships.

Learn how to register here!

All matches will be UTR / WTN verified with 3 divisions of play:

  1. Division A1:
    4 players (2 boys, 2 girls) combined UTR ranking average of 8.0+ per player.

  2. Division A2:
    4 players (2 boys, 2 girls) combined UTR ranking average 6.5-8.0 per player.

  3. Division A3:
    4 players (2 boys, 2 girls) combined UTR ranking average 5.0-6.5 per player.

Last year was a fantastic event, with 48 juniors competing and this year promises to be even bigger and better. Congratulations to last year’s Champions and Finalists.
Pictured above, (left to right): A1 Champions: Aidan Biss-Mantziounis, Isabella Marton, Annabelle Ganescu, Michael Gutkowski, (see more photos below).

How to Register a Team:

  • Team Name (be creative): Names of 2 Boys and 2 Girls plus each player’s UTR rating.
  • Team / Individual Registration: Contact Todd Orrett at: juniors@intercountytennis.com.
  • Team Entry Fee: $160 HST (incl) which includes LUNCH.
  • Team Registration Deadline: Sunday April 28!!!

A2 Champions: (left to right) Polina Tulupkinova, Sophie Dement, Nicolas Burton, Nikita Tulupkinov.

A3 Champions: (left to right) Luca Ambrosi, Alexandra Galanova, Mithulan Nanthakumar, Monica Chiriac.


New Indoor Tennis Dome in

Chatham-Kent

Tennis Clubs of Canada is opening a new tennis dome in Chatham-Kent. The 4-court structure, scheduled to open in late 2024, will be located within the eight-hectares (20-acre) Bear Line Park project near St. Clair College on the west edge of Chatham.

Dignitaries were on hand recently for the ground-breaking ceremony to officially launch construction. Pictured above, left to right: Lauren Trevor, CEO, Farley Group,

Alison Anderson, Manager of Community Projects, Tennis Canada, Councillor Anthony Ceccacci, Councillor Michael Bondy, Nancy Loeffler-Caro, Regional Chair of West Region & Interim Vice-Chair of Membership & Regional Development, Ontario Tennis Association, Adam Seigel, CEO, Tennis Clubs of Canada, Darrin Canniff, Mayor of Chatham-Kent, and Councillor Brock McGregor.

Photo: Municipality of Chatham-Kent.


Premier to Open New Club

in Mississauga

Dignitaries were on hand for the ground-breaking ceremony to officially launch the construction of a new indoor bubble in Mississauga. The 6-court facility, located at Churchill Meadows Community Centre in Mattamy Sports Park, is scheduled to open in late 2024 by Premier Racquet Clubs.

Pictured above, left to right: Acting Mayor of Mississauga, Joe Horneck, President and CEO of the Ontario Tennis Association, Richard Mainella, Premier Racquet Club’s Karl Hale, City of Mississauga Ward 10 Councillor, Sue McFadden and CEO of Tennis Canada, Gavin Ziv.

Photo: Adam Pulicicchio.


Fair Play Award Recipient February 2024 –

Rui Cai!

The recipient of the February 2024 OTA Fair Play Award is Rui Cai! Rui is 7 years old and plays in the U9 Rising Stars Circuit. He plays and trains at ACE Cedar Springs. His favorite pro player is Carlos Alcaraz.

Congratulations Rui!!

The Fair Play Award is an OTA program that rewards one U9/U10 Circuit competitor per month for their exemplary conduct during tournaments.

Nominees are selected based off the following criteria:

  • Outstanding sportsmanship during matches
  • Calling out the score when serving
  • Shaking your opponent’s hand after the match
  • Maintaining your composure during matches: avoid emotional outbursts.
  • Making accurate and fair line calls
  • Ability to manage your scores (avoid scoring disputes)
  • Avoiding code violations

Each month, a recipient will be awarded a Fair Play Certificate and a Cineplex gift card.

Only one individual is selected from the circuit in Ontario each month. (Includes GTA & Ottawa; U9 & U10; Boys & Girls).


OTA West Region Tennis Symposium

The Ontario Tennis Association’s (OTA) West Region hosted its first-ever Tennis Symposium at the Waterloo Tennis Club on Saturday, March 20th. The West Region of the OTA includes areas such as Sarnia, Windsor, London, Waterloo, St. Mary’s, Southampton, Chatham and Guelph.

Executives from the regions clubs showed up to take part in the West Region AGM, followed by interactive discussions, lunch and presentations from members of the OTA team, West Region Chair Nancy Loeffler-Caro and Todd Orrett from the InterCounty Tennis Association. Thanks to Nancy and fellow OTA board member Rosemary Goodwin for helping to organize the symposium, April Manahan and the team at Waterloo Tennis Club for hosting the event and to the West Region member-club representatives for their participation!


Invitation to the Friendship Cup -

Let the Games Begin!

On behalf of the Barbados Tennis Association, it is with great excitement and pleasure that we extend this special invitation to teams from your club to participate in the Barbados Friendship Cup; our upcoming Doubles Team Tennis Festival in the beautiful island of Barbados where sun, sand and tennis enthusiasts converge for an unforgettable experience

The festival has been meticulously planned to offer a unique tennis experience combined with a blend of social activities, ensuring an all-encompassing and enjoyable event for all participants.
The event will take place from October 7-14, 2024, at our newly expanded tennis facility at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

Event Overview

Date: October 7-11, 2024
Location: The stunning island of Barbados.

The tournament is a team event comprising 3 matches per tie.

Seniors

  • Men’s Over 45 Doubles
  • Women’s over 35 Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

Open

  • Men’s Doubles
  • Women’s Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

It will be a round robin format with the winners moving forward to a knockout round.

Why Join Us?

  1. Passion for Tennis: Experience the thrill of doubles match play against teams from across the Caribbean, Canada, and the USA.
  2. Cultural Delights: Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Barbados through engaging social activities, delicious local cuisine, and the warmth of Bajan hospitality. Play in a breathtaking setting that combines the excitement of competition with the serenity of a Caribbean paradise.
  3. International Networking: Connect with tennis enthusiasts from around the globe, fostering friendships and creating memories that extend beyond the courts.

How to Participate:

To participate in this exciting tournament, teams may register no later than August 31, 2024 using the link below:

http://bit.ly/BARFriendshipCup2024RegForm

Should more details be required and to express your interest, feel free to contact us at:

@barbadostenniscup
(246) 233-8531
Email: barbadostenniscup@gmail.com

Join us for an unforgettable blend of tennis, sun, and social camaraderie. Let's make the Barbados Friendship Cup a highlight on your clubs’ calendar. Looking forward to welcoming teams to the courts and the vibrant spirit of Barbados!


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ONTENNIS Instructional Series

 – Part 10!

Check out the tenth release of the exclusive ONTENNIS “The Competitive Edge” instructional series by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles.

This series is for anyone who wishes to raise their compete level. A lifelong player and coach, Mr. Coles features easy to digest tips and strategies to help keen recreational competitors play smarter. Improving stroke technique certainly helps but that requires a great deal of deliberate practice. A quicker way is to sharpen tactical skills whilst still using the strokes you've already got! He will cover topics often overlooked or even glossed over in on court instruction when hitting lots of balls is what is appreciated most.

In Part 9, “Break Up Without Tears! Return Serve with Confidence!", Coach Adrian provides some great tips on how to improve your return of serve. A lot of players spend many hours working on their serve but very few dedicate enough time to improve their service returns. Unfortunately, without a good return, it becomes difficult to break an opponent’s serve and without a break, even in a tie-break, you cannot win a match. Practicing and employing some of Coach Adrian’s strategies will help you get over the hump.

To read Break Up Without Tears! Return Serve with Confidence! - click here. For all ONTENNIS.ca stories, click here. Enjoy!


Special OTA 2024 NBO Ticket Offer!

 

Get your NBO Tickets for Toronto now, use the OTA promo code and save!

The OTA is pleased to offer tennis fans a special offer on tickets for the 2024 National Bank Open in Toronto and Montreal. 

In Toronto, save 50% on Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze tickets for Opening Day (Tuesday) and save 25% on Gold, Silver and Bronze tickets for Tuesday to Sunday evening sessions. Use promo code TO24OTA. To learn more and buy tickets for Toronto, click here. No discounts on Monday night finals.


OTA Club and Regional News

We Want Your Club and Regional News!

Is your club hosting a significant tournament or event, does it have an anniversary coming up, is there a volunteer or player who deserves recognition for their contributions? If so, we want to hear about it. Just send a photo and a short write-up to us and we’ll feature it in SPIN in our OTA Club and Regional News section. To submit a story for consideration, just email pmalcomson@tennisontario.com.

Tell Us Why You're Great!


Tournaments - Community - Outreach -

Courses

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OTA Marketplace

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Mastering Doubles with Daniel Nestor!

Daniel Nestor launches new online doubles training academy!

Canadian tennis legend Daniel Nestor recently launched an online doubles training academy designed to help players maximize their potential when competing in doubles competition. The course is designed specifically for doubles players of all levels, from club players to those heading to the pros!

Daniel Nestor is widely considered one of the greatest to ever play doubles tennis. In his storied 28-year professional career, he earned an impressive record of 91 men's doubles titles, including eight Grand Slam victories, as well as an Olympic Gold Medal in 2000. Since retiring in 2018, Daniel has dedicated much of his time to teaching others the lessons he's learned throughout his career. By sharing his invaluable insights, he helps players like you elevate their doubles game at all levels!

The 41-lesson course includes over 1.5 hours of video content, covering all facets of the doubles game including, serving, returning, partnership strategy, teamwork, the mental game, tips, drills and more!

To learn more about Daniels's great new online doubles training academy and to order the online course, click here.

To receive a 15% OTA discount, use promo code: OTA

Let Daniel help you to become a force to be reckoned with on the doubles court! 


A Marketplace for Everything Tennis!

Whether you’re pro advertising your coaching services, a company wanting to reach the tennis enthusiast, a club looking for new members or you just want to sell some old wooden tennis racquets – you can reach over 15,000 tennis players in Ontario each week via our weekly newsletter SPIN, with an ad in the OTA Marketplace section. Listings and pictures are only $125 per week and all we need is a horizontal image like the one above (500 pixels deep X 800 pixels wide) and a couple of paragraphs. We’ll do the rest! Need creative help? We offer creative services at a reasonable cost. For more info, email pmalcomson@tennisontario.com. Include “OTA Marketplace" in the Subject line.


 

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